Hyderabad: Telangana has quarantined around 2,200 people suspected of Corona virus and has put over 27,000 people under home quarantine, state chief secretary Somesh Kumar said on 5 April.

In a video conference with the Cabinet secretary, Mr Rajiv Gauba, and health secretaries, district magistrates, and municipal commissioners, the chief secretary said the government has started distributing 12 kg rice at Rs. 1,500 to white ration cardholders and 70 feed joints have been established in Hyderabad to feed the poor. These joints feed around 6,000 people per day while maintaining social distancing norms, he said.

It is to be noted that the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has asked volunteers and social activists to not donate food on their own. Instead, they have been told to contact GHMC in these numbers 9493120244 or 7093906449, or tweet to @PDUCD_GHMC with their location so that the GHMC officials can collect food from their doorsteps and donate it to the needy. Mayor Bonthu Rammohan had said this is being done after it was noticed that social distancing norms were being violated by the volunteers.

In Telangana, Hyderabad has recorded the state’s highest number of COVID-19 cases, 104. Notably, a majority of these cases are people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi. The state has so far recorded 272 cases, including 33 who have been discharged and 11 deaths.

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